Glengarry patrons in good spirits
The sun streams through the windows of the Glengarry Tavern as Patrons Society members and committee members sit around a table reminiscing about the group's 17-year history.
The group laughed as they remember interesting events throughout the years and about how one of their committee members, as a youngster, had attended the society's annual children's Christmas party.
The Glengarry Tavern Patrons Society was formed in 1996 by Ian Campbell and another man with the aim of helping the Glengarry community.
President Daniel Tawaroa said the society, which had about 200 members and nine committee members, provided support and financial assistance for charitable, cultural and other purposes beneficial to the community of Glengarry.
They provided assistance for education, in circumstances of bereavement or illness and promoted community spirit, he said.
Members of the society said they had assisted thousands of children to get to school camps and all they had asked in return was a letter when the child arrived home.
They could fondly recall one child sending a picture of himself catching a fish at a camp.
Mr Campbell, who is still a committee member, said the society's funding came from Thursday night meat pack raffles and they had previously applied for trust donations on occasion.
The society hosts a free Christmas dinner for people aged over 60 at the tavern which normally attracted about 100 people and a Christmas party for children where all of them would receive a gift.
Mr Campbell said he was pleased the society, which created life-long friends, was still running.
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